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Destini Jimerson Destini Jimerson 600 Points

I would implement STEM in my everyday classroom activites. One way I'd implement STEM would be to ask my students to just check the weather each day before they come to class. I'd want them to examine the differences in the sky depending on the weather that day. Another way STEM could be used everyday is having the students explore and do investigations on different activites making them little scientists. I only listed a few but there are many ways STEM can be incorprated in a classroom.

Ashley Rodriguez Ashley Rodriguez 1065 Points

This is a great idea Destini! This can get students aware of what is going on in the environment in their everyday lives. I would implement STEM in my classroom in various ways, most lessons can incorporate at least one or more factors of STEM. One example is students building a resume, I am student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom and students are using laptops to creat their resumes. This lesson incorporates technology. Technology can also be used when researching materials or playing math games to expand students learning.

Caitlin Moody Caitlin Moody 975 Points

I think it is a great idea to implement STEM into classrooms everyday. It does not just have to be implemented in lower elementary classrooms, as STEM projects and activities can be used in all grades. That being said, I like your idea of having students check the weather everyday. In all the classrooms I have been in, students do weather reports. I think this would even be useful for middle school and high school classrooms, we could just change the depth of information we discuss. Furthermore, I have seen first-hand how exited students get when they have opportunities to do STEM activities. Most of the STEM activities that I have done with students required them to build something. For example, last month I had a group of kindergarteners construct a bridge that will hold a cup of pennies. Last week, fifth graders did a similar activity with me in their Mathematics class, but they had more difficult supplies and less guidance from me. The important thing to remember is to let the students use their imagination and creativity to complete the STEM activity. 

Makensy Stump Makensy Stump 964 Points

It is so important for teachers of every grade level to implement STEM into their classroom. I love the idea of implementing STEM every day by asking students to check the weather. I am fascinated by weather and enjoy watching the Weather Channel every day to get the latest weather reports. I even have the Weather Channel app that I check frequently. I think it is so important for students to be aware of and to understand the weather that is occurring every day around us. Weather has such a big impact on our lives and depending on where we live, we all get to experience different kinds of weather. One great way to encourage students to check the weather every day is to set up a classroom weather station. If possible, creating a space outside to collect and record weather is a great way to allow students to have a hands-on experience learning about weather. Students can track each day's temperature, precipitation, humidity, cloud cover, etc. This doesn't have to just be for middle school or high school. This can easily be adapted and modified for elementary as well. Another fun and engaging way to get students excited and interested in weather is to incorporate a weather report project. Students will work in groups to collect and record weather from different parts of the U.S. and then report their data just as a meteorologist would. Josie Bensko from Maniacs in the Middle on Instagram recently did this with her sixth-grade class, and the kids loved it. Not only are students learning about weather, but they are actively participating and engaging in hands-on learning experiences that involve STEM.

Karla Hernandez Karla Hernandez 265 Points

Thank Destini for sharing! I definitely agree with you and that is such a great idea on how you can implement STEM in your classroom. Students can investigate how the weather is by just looking up to the sky. There are many other ideas that you can do. I am currently a student teacher and my mentor teacher takes the kids to our garden that is on our campus and have the kids explore. 

 

Thank you, 

 

Karla Ayala 

University of Houston  

Katie Freewalt Katie Freewalt 895 Points

I also love the idea of using STEM in everyday classroom activities. My favorite part of your weather example is that it will get students to see the connections between STEM and the real world! I have noticed that when children are able to see that what they are doing is meaningful in real life, they are more likely to get excited about it and feel important. Last week, in a fourth grade classroom, we did a STEM activity everyday as the year winds down. My favorite activity we did was building everyday objects out of just paper and tape. Students were asked to build a scoop (that actually scoops macoroni noodles), a hat (that actually fits on someone's head), a house (that actually stands and has a chimney), and a boat (that actually can float in water). The kids LOVED these STEM activities. You can just see their gears turning when they are all talking and planning and building. I believe that STEM is where students get to really show of their creativity and engineering sides. 

Abigail Fullenkamp Abigail Fullenkamp 570 Points

Implementing STEM into our classrooms is a wonderful idea.  It allows the students to combine the subjects of science, technology, mathmatics, and engineering and learn them altogther, rather than separately.  It also allows students to take a hands-on approach to learning by providing them with a question and a problem.  Students must try different things to solve the problem and come to a creative solution.  For example, when I was in school I can remember completing a STEM activity where my goal was to build a boat, out of the provided materials, that could float as well as hold a certain amount of pennies.  My group had to figure out what the shape of the boat should be, what materials we should use and how we were going to hold all that weight in one small boat.  Because there was an actual problem I had to solve, and a hook from the start of what I was required to do, I was very interested in this project and was enthusiastic about building and testing many methods that could hold not only the required amount of pennies, but even more!  I have found that when you put something right in front of a student, and it somehow relates to their life, they become more interested and excited to learn about the topic.  I beleive this is one of the main goals of STEM, to get students excited about learning.   I beleive STEM is also meant to implement many subjects in your lesson, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as allow your students to show their creativity and imagination.  They can use their brains to test different ideas in a hands-on approach. 

Caileigh Kirtley Caileigh Kirtley 510 Points

I also believe that implementing STEM into our everyday classrooms is extrememly important. It saddens me when working with a group of students and asking them if they know what STEM is and majority of the time they answer no. Students should know what STEM stands for the the four C's that go along with STEM activites. When completing STEM activites it takes commuication, collabortation, creativity, and critical thinking. Each of those things are aspects that students should be using on a day to day basis. The ideas and concepts that STEM activities present are the related to real world jobs and skills that students will need in order to succeed in daily life. Students learn by hands-on activities, espically if they are able to relate the concepts back to their own lives and make a connection. When I did 75 observation hours in a 5th grade classroom, Honda Engineers came in to work with the students to create Jet Toy cars. They made it intriguiging for the students because they constantly related it back to the work force as well as the scientific steps it takes to create a car. These students were in total awe throughout this whole process because the engineers made it a real world experience. Things like STEM is what students are going to remember most and carry on with them throughout their years of school so educators should take advantage of this opportunity and use it as much as possible! 

Cassidy Henle Cassidy Henle 2150 Points

Implementing STEM into our everyday classrooms is absolutely important. Most student are unaware of what STEM even is and I believe that should be a commonly used acronym in the classroom. The four C’s should also be common words used in the classroom, since they are vital to effective STEM learning. The four C’s are communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. STEM is very applicable to everyday life and this is why we should be using STEM in our classroom. STEM is authentic and hands-on; students are able to grapple with problems and apply their learning to their everyday life. 

Sidney Baumgartner Sidney Baumgartner 110 Points

I am currently a pre-service, elementary education student at Wartburg College. All of these comments and responses to implementing STEM into the classroom every day through simple activities were so awesome to learn about. For me, I think STEM is more than a subject we teach in school, but that it applies to all areas in our lives! Getting students to think about the world around them with hands-on activities that makes them curious to explore more is key. Checking the weather daily, building a classroom garden, and building everyday objects with simple household items were just some ideas that caught my eye that I would use in my future classroom. An activity that I remember doing in elementary school was choosing any country in the world. We were then instructed to build a house that looked similar to one you would find in that country with household items. Once that part was completed, we had to research different facts/topics like the climate, animals that live there, food or livestock raised, population, and so much more to create a presentation or report about that country. This project incorporated all the subjects of STEM and more, making it a cross-curricular project. I think as educators, we need to find projects or units that spark students’ creativity and make science fun, rather than it seems boring or hard. STEM is all around us, and we must teach that mindset to our students.

Anna Rood Anna Rood 90 Points

I am currently a pre-service teaching gearing up to have my own classroom someday. As I am learning more and more about STEM each day, I am finding it very interesting to see what ideas some of you guys are bringing to the classroom. STEM is critical and it is not something children will just be surrounded by during their path of learning but will continue to be around them throughout their whole life. The first step to gearing students towards STEM is trying to help them develop an interest. An idea I liked that was pulled from above is allowing kids to make their own inventions. Things like a hat, sailboat, their own house, etc. Doing fun, hands-on activities like these will get them interested in STEM and have their minds geared towards what STEM is really all about. An activity and lesson that I have had some experience on in the classroom are with Sphero Balls. If you have not heard if these, they are small robots that can be operated through coding done on an Ipad. Throughout this lesson with the Sphero balls, I noticed that students' interest in it was amazing. They took time to understand what they needed to do and once they had the chance to perform there little brains were locked in and wanting to achieve the lesson's goal. I questioned a lot of the time during this activity, "why is it so important for students to learn to codel?" As I did some research, I found that coding is a basic literacy in our digital age. This is what our technology has come to and it's essential for children to know how to do and work the technology around them. Coding involves and teaches students more about math, communication, creativity, problem-solving, writing, and confidence. It seems like a hard activity to conquer as a teacher but look into it. Students might already know a few things about it and be able to teach us teachers about it. :) STEM is important and we as teachers need to keep incorporating it into our curriculum and teach our students all about it.   

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